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About Santos Express

The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine train with all cabins facing the sea. We offer you a unique stay in a double Compartment or single Coupe, which is similar to the Trans Karoo Express.

We are a five to 10-minute walk from the Dias Museum, the harbour and the town centre. Simply known as "The Train" by locals and situated in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa, guests can enjoy the unique and romantic experience of staying on a real train only 30 m from the sea. With double, single and budget units, accommodation offers spectacular sea views and clean showers. A Compartment comprises four beds and a Coupè comprises two beds. Each coach comprises two Coupès, five Compartments, a communal shower and two toilets. For those celebrating that special day, we have a Caboose offering private bathroom facilities and a private balcony. For the more budget conscious, we have a Dormitory which comprises 16 beds. We also have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings.

Our happening restaurant and bar serves breakfast all day, as well as other delicious meals such as steaks, seafood and famous traditional meals. The restaurant is open from 7:30 am. Our staff can help with all travel and adventure arrangements such as shark cage diving, boat based whale watching, sky diving, game drives, quad biking, deep sea fishing, or pleasure boat trips to Seal Island.

Beach: We are located a mere 30 m from the sea.

Conference Venues: We have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings. We specialize in Beach Weddings and our in house function coordinator can assist you with all the detail.

  • Response Rate: 98%
  • Response Time: 7 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 118
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 30 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Budget
  • Mid Range
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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                      Reviews for Santos Express

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                      Juanita Williams, South Africa
                      26 May 2016

                      We had such a great stay. The staff were friendly and accommodating and the establishment is wonderful. The sound of the waves puts a person in a tranquil peace of mind. Thank you

                      Suzette Nel, South Africa
                      18 February 2016

                      Worst ever experience.  Wrong booking confirmation received.  Booked for 2 nights.  Only 1 coffee for 2 people no sugar, not extra coffee or sugar for 2nd night. Milk has already expired on 04/02 and my booking was on 12/02. At 3h10 Friday night people came bursting into my room (Caboose) that was suppose to be a private room, nobody could explain how they managed to open my door.  No security. Drunk people slamed on windows. No aircon or fans in the room.  Will never go there again.

                      Ulrich Buxtrup, Germany
                      15 January 2016

                      The Royel Suite is very,very nice

                      Nagesh Deshpande, South Africa
                      11 August 2015

                      Guys,I always like to do something different.but this is unique.I was not expecting a train bogie when i book this place. when I saw the place I loved it.a unique place + on the beach + economical all the best!!!Thanks and Regards,
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                      Chrisna Calitz, South Africa
                      11 July 2015

                      Well worth the visit.  We enjoyed our stay.  Will recommend Santos Express to others.

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                      Santos Express Map

                      Santos Express is 1.7km from the centre of Mossel Bay , the nearest airport 33.5km (George Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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